ERC Rally Islas Canarias revisited
The last time Rally Islas Canarias El Corte Inglés featured on the FIA European Rally Championship schedule was in 2013 when the focus was very much on Robert Kubica and the ex-Formula One ace’s top-line international rallying debut.
The Pole lived up to his star billing and then some, building an advantage of over a minute by being quickest on every one of Friday’s eight stages. However, hopes of a dream win were ended when he damaged his Citroën DS3 against a barrier on Saturday’s second stage.
ŠKODA Motorsport’s Jan Kopecký profited to pick up his third win in four years on the event, and the second victory of his ERC title-winning campaign. Craig Breen claimed second for the Peugeot Rally Academy, and when his team-mate Jérémi Ancian was forced to stop after successive punctures, local hero Luis Monzón completed the podium in his MINI, recovering from a flat tyre of his own.
Andreas Aigner took the ERC Production Car Cup win in fourth ahead of Germain Bonnefis, while Gorka Antxustegi was the top front-wheel-drive entry in sixth.